Dean's Advisory Council
The Dean's Advisory Council is comprised of a group of distinguished alumni and Rochester-area business leaders. The Council's primary role is to provide the dean of the School of Business with expert advice on aspects of the regional economic environment which influences business education. Council members are actively involved in reviewing the mission, vision, curriculum and many other strategic aspects of the administration of the School.
President, CEO and Co-Founder, Soleo Communications, Inc.
Brief Biography: Daniel Gallagher has successfully introduced several innovative high-technology products to the telecommunications market. He has a strong background in voice processing, call processing, billing systems, and intelligent network databases.
Before founding Soleo, he was a senior vice president at TARGUS Information Corporation, serving in marketing, sales, business development, and technical management capacities. He also founded Telephony Computer Systems, which provided intelligent network systems to telephone companies. Before these entrepreneurial activities, he served in a number of management capacities with Nortel Networks and CCI. Mr. Gallagher holds an MBA from the U of R Simon School and a B.S./B.A. from St. John Fisher College.
Executive, Sweetwater Energy, Inc.
Brief Biography: Algimantas previously served PAETEC as senior vice president of finance, chief accounting officer, and controller, overseeing all aspects of accounting and financial reporting. Prior to joining PAETEC, Mr. Chesonis was director of public reporting for U.S. Foodservice, Inc. and audit manager for Price Waterhouse, LLP. Mr. Chesonis is also a vice chairman of the Board of Directors for Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong, University of Rochester Medical Center, and a recipient of the 2004 Rochester Business Journal's Forty Under 40 Award. Mr. Chesonis holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Delaware and is a certified public accountant.
Partner, Lee & Hayes, PLLC
Brief Biography: Dominic Ciminello is Partner at Lee & Hayes, PLLC. Mr. Ciminello practices in all areas of intellectual property, and his specialties include client counseling, preparing and prosecuting mechanical/electromechanical patent applications, trademarks, and providing formal noninfringement opinions for clients on specific intellectual property matters. He is an adjunct faculty member at the St. John Fisher College, School of Business where he teaches an MBA class entitled "Intellectual Property for Managers." Mr. Ciminello is also a past President of the Rochester Intellectual Property Law Association. Before attending law school, Mr. Ciminello worked as a project engineer with Pactiv Corporation (formerly Tenneco Packaging) in Canandaigua. Mr. Ciminello holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech, and he received his law degree and MBA, with a concentration in Finance, from Case Western Reserve University.
Chief Executive Officer, School of the Holy Childhood
Brief Biography: Donna Dedee Doyle graduated with her bachelor's degree in 1985 from St. John Fisher College and completed her MBA at the School of Business in 2005. She went on to be an anchor, reporter, and news director for Channel 10 News, vice president for communications at United Way, president and chief executive officer for Bishop Kearney High School, and now chief executive officer of the School of the Holy Childhood. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member with St. John Fisher College’s Media and Communication Department. In August of 2006, she has also helped St. John Fisher College and Bishop Kearney forge a partnership that provides an academic exchange between the two schools.
Bob Fischer '85
President, Fischer Investment Group
Brief Biography: Bob Fischer displays his many years of business management experience through his current role as president of Fischer Investment Group, Inc. Prior to his career with Fischer Investment Group, Bob served as senior vice president of a family-owned insurance brokerage firm that extended its marketing and operational activities across 35 states. Currently, Bob is a commissioner on the Rochester-Genesee Regional Transit Authority (RGRTA), a member of the NYS Brownfields Advisory Board and was also was a recipient of the Rochester Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award in 1999. He is a 1985 graduate of St. John Fisher College with a bachelor's degree in management/marketing.
Ray Isaac '88
President, Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.
Brief Biography: Ray Isaac is the president of Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., a family owned and operated business established in 1945. He has served as a member on several prestigious boards including the Better Business Bureau Foundation of Upstate NY Inc. (2010-Present); Heritage Christian Services (August 2013-Present); Visage International (2005-Present); NCI (2008-Present); Associated Builders and Contractors (2005-Present); and Building Performance Institute, Inc. (2011-2012). He has also served as a chairman for North American Technician Excellence (2008-2011) and the ACCA (2008-2009). He demonstrates his knowledge of the intricacies of business through his high standards of customer service and employee satisfaction. Ray is a 1988 graduate of St. John Fisher College and holds a bachelor's degree in management/marketing.
Jim Knittel '95
Director of Organizational Development, LeChase Construction
Brief Biography: Jim Knittel is currently the director of organizational development for LeChase Construction. In this position, he is responsible for the design, development, facilitation, and oversight of LeChase's people development initiative. He is also accountable for accelerating employee development through competency-based analyses, training program development, and performance management strategies. Prior to his work with Bausch + Lomb, Jim worked as a director of learning and development at Bausch + Lomb and as curriculum manager at ACS, a Xerox Company. Additionally, he is an alumnus of Hofstra University, with a Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
Chief Financial Officer, Wegmans Food Markets Inc.
Brief Biography: Jim Leo is currently senior vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer of Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. Jim has been with Wegmans for 30 years and has held other positions including corporate controller, food division controller and manager of banking and insurance. He is currently responsible for finance, accounting, risk management (safety, insurance and claims management), internal audit, corporate travel, vendor payments, accounts receivable, etc. Jim holds a bachelor's degree in accounting.
Chief Executive Officer, Rochester Colonial Manufacturing
Brief Biography: Anthony Monaco joined the law firm of Weidman, Jordan, and Angeloff located in Rochester after graduation from law school in 1986. He concentrated in civil litigation and corporate law. He subsequently started his own practice, continuing to focus on litigation and corporate law. In 1995, he joined Rochester Colonial Manufacturing Corporation as corporate counsel, and in 2001 was named chief executive officer. Anthony holds a bachelor's degree in political science.
President & Chief Executive Officer, Greater Rochester Enterprise
Brief Biography: A proud alumnus of St. John Fisher College, Mark Peterson received his bachelor's degree in political science in 1983 and went on to earn his MBA at Kent State University in 1994. Recruited to join the Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE) as managing director in 2005, Mark was appointed president and CEO in April, 2009. Charged with the continued creation and execution of GRE’s strategic plan, Mark has proven himself to be a strong advocate for the greater Rochester region, building a reputation among his colleagues as an exceptional leader and proactive change agent. A certified fund raising executive (CFRE) since 1992, Mark has an impressive history of garnering substantial monies at several world-class nonprofit organizations totaling more than $120 million.
Vice President – Operations, Gorbel Inc.
Brief Biography: Mr. Pritchard began his management career in the automotive industry with Delco Products Division, General Motors, and then with ITT Automotive and Valeo through subsequent acquisitions. In each of these companies, Mr. Pritchard held a variety of leadership positions in operations, industrial engineering, logistics, shared services, human resources, and sales.
As president of Getinge Sourcing LLC, Pritchard was responsible for leading and representing the company to global clients in the medical device sterilization and disinfection product lines prior to the company moving its operations to Europe.
Currently as vice president – operations at Gorbel Inc., he directs and executes operational and production strategies in the functional areas of manufacturing, product development, application engineering, after sales service, information technology, materials, logistics, continuous improvement, and quality supporting the Gorbel operations in both Fishers, New York and Pell City, Alabama.
David was a member of the St. John Fisher College Management Program Advisory Board supporting the accreditation process for the School of Business. He continues his strong community involvement volunteering at Fisher and St. Helen’s Church, and serves as a member on the Board of Directors, Endowment and Executive Committees at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Mr. Pritchard holds an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree in management from St. John Fisher College
Chief Executive Officer, O'Connell Electric Company
Brief Biography: Vic Salerno joined O'Connell Electric in 1971. The company has since become one of the largest electrical and communications contractors in the country, with headquarters in Victor, N.Y. and branch offices in Buffalo and Syracuse, N.Y. Mr. Salerno has kept active in the Fisher campus community as a member and past president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Accounting Awards Banquet Committee, and the Fisher Scholarship Golf Tournament Committee. He was also involved in the formation of the DuPlessis/Wolfe Accounting Alumni Society. Mr. Salerno holds a bachelor's degree in accounting.